You unfriended him on facebook, changed your phone number, moved to a new apartment and he still doesn’t get it. Unrequited love is a hard pill to swallow. It’s only stalking when you don’t want him to show up on your doorstep with roses or surprise you when you’re out with your friends. But all that does sound romantic in a different light, doesn’t it?
Maybe you have been the stalker and didn’t know it until you were sitting outside of his house in your car watching him leave for work, and it just hits you, “I’m the stalker!” Continue reading →
The 2nd Annual Greenpoint Film Festival begins this Thursday September 20, 2012 (186 Huron St) with a 6pm Opening Reception, a 7pm screening of Judy Lieff’s Deaf Jam, a look into the world of American Sign Language (ASL) Slam Poetry, followed by a Q&A with the director and an after party.
Screening continues Friday through Sunday at two locations: 186 Huron St & 329 Greenpoint Ave.
Aside from a full program, there is a Community Program on Saturday at 12pm that features The Domino Effect, a politically charged investigative documentary about the controversial plan to transform the Domino Sugar factory that includes conversations with longtime residents to reveal the impact gentrification has had on the community of North Brooklyn.
More screenings that hit home during the Environmental Program on Saturday at 2pm (329 Greenpoint Ave) include Leitner’sNewtown Creek Digester Eggs: The Art of Human Waste, followed by Newtown, in which director Choi exposes the history and realities behind the Greenpoint Oil Spill.
Which screenings will you be attending during the Greenpoint Film Festival?
WEDNESDAY 8/15 • VCR Party @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 10pm, $10, The Found Footage Festival and TV Carnage are proud to announce the fourth installment of their wildly unpredictable and wildly popular monthly comedy show, VCR Party, in New York, More info
THURSDAY 8/16 • Toy Story 3 & Music By Blue Sour (for kids) @ East River State Park (No. 8th St & Kent Ave.) 6:30pm, FREE ♫ Cursive/ Titus Andronicus/ Love as Laughter/ Joyce Manor @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE ♫ Nude Beach/ Swearin’/ Golden Clouds/ Yogurt Brain @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $7
♦ Open Lab @ Reverse Space (28 Frost St) Opening 7-10pm, the culmination of a month of work at REVERSE SPACE, during which six emerging artists use the 1010 sq ft gallery space and convert it into their own work-stations, more info ♫ Jane’s Addiction/ Die Antwoord @ Williamsburg Park (50 Kent Ave) 6:45pm, $49.50 ♫ Doll Fight/ Laura Stevenson/ Wojcik/ Leda @ Death By Audio (49 So. 2nd St) 8pm, $7
SATURDAY 8/18 • Global Carnival and Capoeira Adventures @ McCarren Park, 11am-noon, Carnival showcases the best dances and music from around the world. Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, dance, music, and acrobatics, performances last an hour. • Japanese Knife Forging @ Smorgasburg (27 N. 6th St.) 11am-3pm, Free, In partnership with the Japanese Culinary Arts Network (J-CAN) and Kikuchi Knives, three master knife craftsmen will be visiting the U.S. and demonstrating time-honored knife making methods at Smorgasburg, as well as knife engraving. • Brunch Cocktails with Peter Joseph @ Word (126 Franklin St) 2pm, for those bored with Bloody Marys and mimosas, Peter Joseph offers his book Boozy Brunch, containing more than a hundred drink recipes, plus food pairings and brunch trivia. ♫ Unstoppable Death Machines/ Filthy Savage/ The Psyhed/ EulaBig Ups/ The Numerators/Yeah Well Whatever @ XPO 929 (929 Broadway) 7:30pm, $8 ♫ RUB-A-DUB COMBINATION: A Reggae Dance @ Public Assembly (70 N 6th St) 10pm, $5, DJs Prince Polo & Q-Mastah spinning the best roots reggae, dancehall, and dub, RSVP
SUNDAY 8/19 ♫ Gunfight!/ Family Photos/ The Rotaries/ The Hague @ Lulu’s (113 Franklin St.) 8:30pm, FREE
MONDAY 8/20 • Words by the Water @ Transmitter Park, 7pm, Akashic Books Night, featuring Shira Nayman, Elizabeth Nunez, and Kevin Holohan
TUESDAY 8/21 • Watercolor on Prepared Paper Workshop @ Arts@Renaissance (2 Kingsland Ave) 6:30-9:30pm, this workshop allows the artist to experiment with watercolor while being able to get the white of the paper back by simply wiping it away! • Drink to Linc! – Party for Lincoln Restler’s Reelection @ Bellweather (594 Union Ave) 7pm, Lincoln is facing an exceptionally tough reelection race as State Committeeman / District Leader for Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Fort Greene. Vito Lopez and the Brooklyn Democratic Machine are doing everything they can to defeat Lincoln on September 13, 2012. RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
When you walk down your block in Greenpoint do you run into a ton of interesting characters that would be great on film? I can think of a few off the top of my head. I live on Kingsland Ave, the block where the giant yellow monster truck is chained to a pole along with a flaming corvette. I could imagine the old chain smoking Polish lady and Mrs. Garcia, the badass Puerto Rican Grandma who I’m certain carries a knife, enlisting the crew at Vinnie’s Pizzeria to break the chains and hot wire the vehicles so the two can take joyrides to Rockaway Beach, Thelma & Louise style, and maybe pick up a few bearded hipster boy toys on the way. I’d watch that!
Now is your chance to celebrate all of those endearing, funny, outrageous or perhaps crazy people and get to know them a little better. On My Block Films, who goals it “to capture a wide spectrum of blocks throughout the five boroughs … to create a sense of belonging within a community,” is presenting On My Block: A Neighborhood Filmmaking Challenge in order “to create stronger communities in New York City through the collaborative filmmaking process.” And what a cast a bunch of Greenpointers would make!
Here is the deal: Beginning August 1, all eligible films will be posted and screened online from the time they are finished until November 1,2012. The public will be able to vote on a film by liking it on Vimeo. The 30 films with the most Vimeo likes will move on to be judged by the Judging Panel the first week of November. The top-scoring 15 films will be screened at a physical outdoor festival in November. Awards will be presented to Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film and Best In Show.
“Searching For Sugar Man” is the unlikely story of Rodriguez- or Sixto Rodriguez- or Jesus Rodriguez. Although a man by many names, he has few cultural references. In all instances, it’s the story of a late 1960’s musician who released two albums in America with little to no fanfare, quit professional music in 1973, and went back to full-time work on demolition jobs in his hometown of Detroit. Unbeknownst to him, he was enjoying a parallel universe career in South Africa as a musician in the ranks of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Jimmy Hendrix.
The story of South Africa goes that in some whim of fate, Rodriguez’s album Cold Fact was brought into the country, possibly by an American girl visiting her boyfriend, possibly not. Either way, its revolutionary, folky songs took hold in the Apartheid-shackled country and became the soundtrack of a young generation. It was bootlegged out to the masses and later went on to sell roughly a half a million records in South Africa alone. Continue reading →